Female PML-F leader was murdered before being set alight: police

December 8, 2017

Saira Naseer, a provincial women wing leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F).

HYDERABAD: Saira Naseer, a provincial women wing leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), was murdered before she was set alight, said the police.

The burnt body of a woman was found in a car parked on the outskirts of Hyderabad early Thursday morning. According to the Husri police, the victim was Saira Naseer.

According to initial investigations, Naseer is believed to have been in her early 50s and was at her residence in Defence Phase-II, Hyderabad, until Wednesday evening. The family lost contact with her after Wednesday evening and her body was found at around 3:30am in her Toyota Corolla car bearing registration number BEY-572.

Meanwhile, a lighter, a bottle containing some inflammable liquid, two gold rings that she used to wear and two mobile phones were found lying on the back seat of the car.

The body was shifted to the city branch of the Liaquat University Hospital (LUH).

“It is purely a murder … she [was] murdered somewhere else before being burnt alive [in the car],” said Hyderabad SSP Pir Mohammad Shah. He believes that her murderer is quite close to her. He said that had she been burnt in the car, she would have tried to flee, but findings at the scene of the offence point to no such attempt.

“We are obtaining her mobile phones’ call data record (CDR) to analyse the recent incoming and outgoing calls,” he said.

In reply to a question that how the police believed that it was Saira Naseer’s body, the SSP said that she had been unaccounted for and her mobile phones were switched off for quite some time.

Zaheer Ahmed, her second husband, said that he had divorced her about four years back. She had a son, Fahad, with Zaheer. Zaheer said his children were not ready to accept that it was their mother’s body. “But I am 100% sure it is Saira. The gold rings she used to wear were also found,” he said.

Saira Naseer, previously a resident of Saddar, had recently moved to her Defence residence. Zaheer said their younger son, Fahad, had met her on Wednesday night at the Defence residence. “She told him to park the car in the bungalow as someone was coming to examine it with the intention to buy it,” he said, adding that since then, no contact could be established with her.

Saira Naseer was elected to the district council in the 2001 party-less elections as an independent candidate.